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this morning on "early today." treasure trove. what investigators are learning from the cache received from osama bin laden's compound. memphis misery. more residents are told flee as the mississippi river nears its crest. and far from home, an alligator wrestling class popped up in the most unlikely of places. hello. good morning to you.
i'm veronica de la cruz. for almost a decade, osama bin laden made threats dpeps the west. now the tables are turned with the u.s. releasing videos of the hermit-like master mind found in his compound. jim miklashevski reports. >> this is the video that the white house wants it world to see, osama bin laden, once the world's most notorious terrorist seen here armed only with a remote as he dials up old videos of himself from the time that the mere mention of his name brought fear. these are the images of an old man in a stocking cap bundled up against the cold, in spartan surroundings. unlike other videos where his beard is black, here it's almost totally gray. in fact, it's the same gray beard bin laden had when the na navy s.e.a.l.s shot and killed him. >> in the end, here he died a
prisoner in isolation as if he had been in maximum security. >> reporter: others showed bin laden stumbling thugh remarks looking off camera for some direction. if bin laden was so out of touch, how did he avoid detection for five years, 35 miles from pakistan's capital and in the shadow of the military's top academy. president obama suspects bin laden had to have had a support network inside pakistan. >> we don't know if people had been inside of government, people outside of government, and that's something we have to investigate and more importantly the pakistani government has to investiga investigate. >> >> reporter: many in congress have their doubts. >> extraordinarily hard to believe that he could have survived there for five years or more in a major population center without some support and knowledge. >> reporter: not only survive,
tom donalin tells request it meet the press" that osama bin laden was calling the shots for al qaeda. >> he was in the propaganda efforts, obviously. >> reporter: before his death, bin laden was intent on killing americans, attacking u.s. targets such as trains which would result in mass casualties. >> that's nbc's jim miklashevski reporting. meanwhile, when it comes to the final photos showing a dead osama bin laden, most americans agree with the president's decision to keep them from public view. nearly 2/3 backed president obama with 52% saying the president should not release the photos. 12% agreed with the photos, though not as strongly. by comparison, 29% want the images unsealed. meanwhile, here in america, many resident of memphis, tennessee had to abandon their
homes and head to higher ground as the swollen river brings more flood waters to the saturated region. jim gray has the report. >> reporter: across memphis, the water continues to rise, pushing up against sidewalks 20 miles from the normal shoreline. >> it's overwhelming. it's just overwhelming to see it so high. >> and getting even higher. emergency teams are helping dozens move to higher ground, some loaded to city buses to push through the water. arrive to safety before all of the roads in the lowest lying areas are blocked. in downtown memphis, the fight to keep the water out continues. men and machine working around the clock and against the clock with the near record crest expected later today. jay grey, nbc news, memphis. other stories making news early today in america.
cup cake frosting and pacifier on the hood of a car provided evidence of a horrific ordeal. a driver under the influence of pcp barreled through a children's birthday party. the driver never stopped plowing through an inflatable bouncer with several children inside and he collided with an offduty police officer who made the arrest. three children were sent to the hospital. a group of children playing on an inflatable slide in california saw their day of fun turn disastrous. eight kids were injured when the slide collapsed. the accident occurred when too many people were on the slide. all of the injuries were moinor in colorado, some people are facing all with gators for the front of it. in the alligator wrestling class, the gators are real and the student learn moves to get the upper hand if they happen to
encounter a gator. running is apparently not an option. bill karins is here with the weather channel forecast. i don't think you'd come face to face with a gator there? >> not there. not unless someone from florida brought it. we saw the pictures on the mississippi river. no tornado outbreaks, it doesn't appear, for the next several days. we have some severe weather. as far as the forecast goes today, we are watching the worst of the storms in the north there in the minneapolis area. going to track the storms tomorrow. won't move much. minneapolis to chicago to. the east coast, we don't worry about the severe weather. the mississippi river, we're watching that crest now just north of memphis. we expect it in the memphis area later on today. not going to go up that much more. going up six inches, not going to do too much damage. for the most part, the damage is done. further downstream, we watch the
crest happening in the next week to ten days. in the next week, greenville, you'll get your crest. and the end of next weekend to the beginning of the next week, vicksburg, you'll have the all-time highest crest in your area and we have to track it count down to louisiana ten days from now. as far as severe weather. we have fargo, sioux falls is getting stormy weather too. one of the stories the heat. record highs are in for today. wichita, oklahoma city will be hot along with our friends in dallas. if you're south of this storm system, it will be summerlike in arkansas, louisiana, and texas. the gorgeous weather is here in new england and the mid atlantic. it will be a gorgeous day. that's a look at the national forecast. now the weather outside your window. inchicago today, a slight chance of storms late in the day. the chance of the storms will be over to your west. areas like arizona, cooler for
you. very hod but the cold front went through. temperatures tonight near 80. who's at risk for severe storms later today. >> fingers crossed for those along the mississippi river, that's for sure. >> yes. tough start to the business day in asia. apple bumps google, and the fat cats are getting fatter. the early morning business headlines are straight ahead. and last week, "fast five" didn't win, but it did the next best thing. the hawks soar, and in dallas, the mavericks complete a sweep of the reigning champions. you're watching "early today."
tensions over the weekend. fighting between muslims and christians killed a dozen and left some injured. strike with an iron hand all of those who seek to tamper with the nation's security. pope benedict enjoyed one of venice's famous attractions. a ride on the gondolas. the first papal visit since 1985. the island nation of samoa announced it will be jumping forward in time by one day. it's switching to the website of the international date line. samoa marketed itself as the last place on earth to see the sun each day will share a similar time with its neighbors including australia. now a look at how wall street will open. the dow opens at 12,638 after gaining 54 points on friday. the s&p rose five points. the nasdaq added 12. take a look at the overseas
trading, the nikkei dropped 64 points, in hong kong, the hang seng was up 176. investors will be looking for fresh clues on the economy after a much-needed dose of optimism gained ground on friday. after the drop in commodities, markets made a comeback thankses to a surprisingly strong employment report. commodities will be in focus when the government weighs in with the inflation index telling us how much prices have gone up on everything from food to fuel. we get the take on april's retail sales along with earnings from kohl's, macy's, and nordstrom. friday's positive sentiment had woes of on going debt problems. in a battle for global brand domination, apple has unseated google from the four-year reign at the top according to the
report out today. the driver of traffic to on-line news sites safe. according to a study, the search engine provides 35% of the top new web visitors. the median value of salaries, bonuses, and long-term incentive award for the ceos of the major companies surged 11% to $9.3 billion. speaking of big paydays, engineers are competing for a $250,000 prize for the first human powered helicopter. the hand and foot pedaled craft has to hover above the ground for 60 seconds to claim that prize. the red wings creep back, the hawks tie up chicago, and trick shots. plus the lakers bow out and look like sore losers doing it. your "early morning" sports headlines are straight ahead.
out, but yesterday provided an ugly ending to the career of one of the nb a's greatest coaches ever. here's mario solis with a look at all of your sports headlines. hi there, good morning. we're here in dallas where phil jackson, the most decorated coach in nba history led his last game. jackson was hoping to end the career on top, but instead of chasing the mavericks, they put on a shooting clinic from beyond the arc. tie add record with 23 three pointers in the game. dallas led at the half. the game was virtually over. the defending champions unravel. lamar odom throws a shoulder to dirk nowitzki. he was rejected. andrew bynum was an uncalled for cheap shot on j.j. barea. he was tossed. the mavericks complete the sweep, blowing out the lakers. it was expected to be phil jackson's final game as the head coach. jackson's former team, the chicago bulls fell short
yesterday. the hawks pull forward late in the fourth. the two connecting for a pair of buckets down the stretch. the hawks even the series with a 100-88 win. nhl playoffs, the red wings leaving to play another day scoring three unanswered goals to get a game six against the sharks. the red wings win, 4-3. djokovic won the open but nadal turn in the shot of the day. game one. after a lengthy rally, in a doll with a drop shot. djokovic returns it at the corner. only one way to return it. between the legs. worth another look. with the back to the court, raffa pulls off an incredible point. but it feels nadal who stole the show with one of the best shots you'll ever see. that's a look at sports on "early today." i'm mario solis. >> early today sports is brought to you by touch of gray. get rid of some gray, never all.
maybe springfield, illinois and back to south dakota and southern portions of north dakota you could see some strong storms mostly later on today. as far as the forecast, some strong storms back in fargo. minneapolis with thunderstorms later today. notice the difference, 90s near dallas, but 60s near chicago. the big separation of the warm and hot air. that will be the case this week. wxia 11 alive, atlanta, georgia, a character of southern folk culture through hand crafted pottery, woodwork, and music that's shaping traditions. that's the early even of the day. >> fun. >> big alittle wh little whittl >> shoutout to hot landa. business was booming at the box office thanks to the thun r thunder. "thor" had the best opening of
the year, the action film took in $46 million overseas. 63% male and surprisingly, 72% were over the age of 25. bad news for last week's champ, "fast five" premiered with $86 million and a drop of a steep 62% to finish in second with $32.5 million. the good news, it debuted number one overseas breaking the all-time record for a foreign weekend. the wedding comedy, "jumping the broom" starring relative new byes won third place by a nose with $13.7 million. and finally, kate hudson's romantic opening "something borrowed" made $34 million and it disappointed finishing fourth with $13 million. maybe it was that scene right there. >> the dance scene. >> oh which you can do, right? >> after the show.
>> i challenge you. >> >> this comes to us from off of the coast of the florida keys where two whales that were recovered from the beach have been recovered from their surroundings. only seven whales have survived. confined to a pen and treated for dehydration, blood tests revealed they were healthy enough to be released to deeper waters. one calling the turnaround am e amazi amazing. >> sea world has crews that are on call to do these sorts of things to rescue the dolphins or the turtles or the whales. >> have you swam with one? >> the dolphins? >> i have not. >> the manatees? >> yeah, that was fun. i'm veronica de la cruz, this is your first stop today, today on your nbc station.
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everyone. i hope everyone had a wonderful mother's death pit bull will have some nice weather coming up. the temperatures will be above average. no weather problems this morning. it is a bit cool in the suburbs. 55 at the airport. mostly sunny today. we will make it into the low 70's this afternoon. an outstanding monday weather- wise. we'll check the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. >> 56 degrees on tv hill.
here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> increasing pressure on pakistan after the osama bin laden raid. the president wants to know. >> a bus crashed since a dozen people to hospital on mother's day. i have details in a live report. >> won an early-morning accident we are tracking. we will check the major roads.
[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. happy monday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a check on the forecast. yesterday was nice. >> today will be just as nice. we will have nice weather all the way through the end of